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  • Flawed channel data management may result in partner overpayments

    Erroneous sales data may pose potential conflicts between some vendors and their partners; however, most vendors seem more interested in keeping the peace. Continue Reading

  • IT's battle with data center networking changes

    Data center networking is no longer just a maze of physical cables; it's a tangled web of overlays and firewall rules. Database management is more than ensuring you have enough capacity as your company collects increasing volumes of data and expects real-time analysis.

    Yet users demand simplicity; they expect the underlying infrastructure to be invisible. Executives want IT to function like a utility. When they turn on the tap, they don't care about the plumbing required to deliver the water; they simply want it to work. This is the tension threatening to plunge IT shops into chaos -- to build and support ever more complex data center infrastructure while making it appear effortless.

    Nowhere is this tension more clear than the growing demand to store and digest big data. However, it's not just about big data networking today. It's about doing something with that data -- and doing it now. Curiously, technologies that once aimed to streamline operations have sometimes led to more complexity. Networking overlays, for example, have given operators the ability to steer traffic and create logical resource pools, but they also come with additional management overhead.

    All these topics and much more in this month's Modern Infrastructure.

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  • Overcome cloud integration challenges with the right strategies, tools

    Nimble, agile, innovative -- companies are striving for these qualities in the current "adapt or die" business landscape, and they're looking to the cloud to enable such growth. But with companies moving more of their ERP and other enterprise systems into the cloud, integration strategies such as the fast-growing integration platform as a service are an imperative. Here's another requirement for competitive advantage: a mature cloud-integration strategy. Unfortunately, according to many experts, too many companies are in reactive mode -- looking for the short-term gain -- and are failing to see that such a strategy will leave them unable to pounce on new business opportunities in the way smart, proactive companies with solid cloud integration strategies can.

    To help navigate this confusing landscape, this handbook takes a deep dive into cloud integration challenges -- including which tools can enable success, the importance of data integration and how to choose an integration partner. In the first feature, freelance writer Tony Kontzer examines cloud integration tools. In the second feature, Kontzer profiles two companies that turned to cloud integration tools to handle ERP integrations and the tricky process of consolidating data, and the lessons they gained from the experience. And in the third feature, consultant Dave Turbide shares advice on why a cloud integration partner is critical -- and how to choose the best one.

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